1. GENERAL HEADING: Performance Exercises
2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Do It!"
3. GOALS: To enhance students' comprehension of the psychological struggle which Macbeth is waging with himself in the "If it were done" soliloquy; to strengthen their understanding of the structure and development of the speech.
4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Any number of pairs
5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: None
6. CLASS TIME NEEDED: Ten minutes
7. STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION: In each pair, "A" plays Macbeth and recites the soliloquy to "B"; every time "A" reaches a period, "B" says, "Do it," perhaps with varying intonation. "B" must affect, provoke, challenge "A." Then the roles are reversed.
8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION, DISCUSSION: The structure of the soliloquy should become more evident to the participants, and the degree to which Macbeth is arguing with himself should become clear.
9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Sam Dale, from ACTER (A Center for Theatre, Education and Research at UNC-Chapel Hill)
10. ADDITIONAL READING: N.A.
11. VARIATIONS: N.A.